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Dallas Expected To Continue Water Restrictions

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas has seen the second wettest January on record. But it’s still not enough for Dallas to end water restrictions.

That’s the recommendation the Dallas City Council will receive Wednesday during a briefing.

Dallas Water Utilities drought response coordinator Yvonne Dupre said next week she’ll ask the city council to extend the restrictions through June.

“This is not asking a whole lot of the customers, to do that,” said Dupre. “Just about all turf even only needs water twice per week and we hear that from the experts – from folks from Texas AgriLife and a lot of other horticulturists.”

The rain that fell in December and this month brought area lake levels up to about 85-percent. City staff say compared to the same time last year, the lakes that Dallas depends on for water were 91-percent full. The lakes were as low as 75-percent in November, according to the staff.

Dallas receives its water supply from six lakes: Ray Hubbard, Ray Roberts, Grapevine, Lewisville, Tawakoni and Fork.

Stage 1 drought restrictions in Dallas started on December 12. The restrictions include a mandatory twice per week outdoor water schedule. No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 A.M. and 6 P.M. Hand watering is still allowed. People are also encouraged to scale back on the frequency of washing their vehicles.

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